Posts tagged ‘Veggie burger’

October 13, 2015

Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar

by jem614

Can I just say that I’m in love with my husband’s camera!  This (veggie) burger shot makes me hungry.

Sunday night we checked out Zinburger Wine & Burger Bar for a late dinner.  My husband’s coworker told him he absolutely HAD to try one of their burgers and of course the Cookie and I were hauled along for the ride.  My nasal congestion and this horrible sinus infection makes it difficult to be hungry for anything, I can’t smell anything and when you can’t smell, nothing tastes right!

Thank goodness it looked this good because I had no appetite and still finished over half the burger.  This veggie monster is made from scratch in-house! Can you believe that?  They don’t just throw a frozen patty on the grill, they actually take the time to craft a really well-made, flavor-packed, patty. The atmosphere is also very wine-bar-ish in the middle of Sawgrass Mall in Sunrise, FL.  I can definitely see coming here with some girlfriends or guy friends and having a nice glass of red while chatting for a few hours.

Check them out at www.zinburgereast.com or on Facebook.

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June 15, 2015

Park Tavern, Delray

by jem614

This weekend was one of those weekends that you want to just sit in, soak it up and enjoy the moment.  Friday night and much of Saturday, I spent with a couple of great friends, just being a girl.  Not a mom, not a wife, not an employee.  Just being a girl.  I think we all need those moments that remind us of the no-obligation side of life, the one that we have stuffed down so that we can meet our day-to-day goals of surviving and thriving.

Sundy House, a beautiful Inn in the heart of Delray Beach, was the setting for most of the weekend.  We came in on Friday night and had dinner in the hopping restaurant row.  I honestly can’t believe that there were so many 30-somethings there, I’m so used to the youth on South Beach that kind of intimidates me.  However, don’t let that fool you, these 30 & 40-somethings are fit and dress their bodies accordingly.  If you’re single and over 30, I think you want to check out Delray.

Dinner at Park Tavern was about a 30 minute wait but worth it.  The veggie burger was crispy and so big I could barely fit it in my mouth.  We had corn raviolis and hot pretzels with Red Dragon Fondue (OMG good).  The service was a little slow at first because the place was so packed but our waitress was super adorable and accommodating so it made for a great night.  And of course, no girls night is complete without one shot to celebrate!

Park Tavern has a very big bar scene as well so if you’re not into having dinner, stop by to have a drink if you can find a space!  http://parktaverndelray.com/

October 7, 2011

A twist from your regular vegan patty – the Sunshine Patty Falafel Burger

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

I have a confession to make: I’ve been working two jobs and I’m just tired. I haven’t had time to cook anything and have been living out of my freezer for the past two weeks. I don’t know whether to blame it on the economy or just plain bad luck (have had lots of car troubles), but my life has been really hectic lately. So this week I’m afraid I just didn’t have the energy to come up with a new recipe for you, and for that I’m really sorry! However, I do have some good news. The girls from Spork Foods have contacted us with a few sample recipes to try from their new cookbook, Spork-Fed, which went on sale last week. We will be posting our review of the recipes very soon for you to enjoy. For now, I hope you enjoy the below product review and please feel free to e-mail us any review requests! vegontherun@ymail.com

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I am on a quest to find the holy grail of veggie burgers. I’ve tried so many varieties, but they are always just a little too flat in flavor, lacking the necessary “umph” to make them enjoyable. Jessica and I went out a while ago to buy several varieties of veggie burgers to compare, this Sunshine Patty Falafel being one that we chose. It sounded unique, which is the main reason we chose it – not to mention both Jessica and I love falafel.

It is easy to make, spray some non-stick spray in a pan and let it crisp up. Add your favorite vegan cheese (Galaxy being my favorite brand for sliced cheese) and bread, my choice was an English muffin. There are so many other things you could do with this patty, though. Mix it into recipes, wrap it in lettuce for a low carb snack, put it on top of a Mediterranean salad…the combinations are endless.

I have to say I wasn’t blown away, but Sunshine Patty has a lot of potential with it’s unique flavors. Certainly one of the better vegan patties I’ve tasted in a while. The calories are also a little high, at 230 calories per patty and 11g of fat.
Visit their website for a falafel sauce recipe that might make it just a bit tastier: http://www.sunshineburger.com/products/falafel-veggie-burger/

May 20, 2011

Elevation Burger Part II

by ashley

by Ashley Morgan

I had extremely high hopes for this restaurant after the first signs were posted on its windows a few months ago. It’s located dead behind my all-time favorite fast food restaurant, Chic-Fil-A, which is how I found it. Jessica and I have been talking for so long about how we need more vegetarian lunch options in the neighborhood, and sure enough, Elevation offers two: one for vegetarians and one for vegans.

The first vegetarian patty they offer is rice-based and, according to the owner Magali Vannier, contains mozzarella cheese for flavor. Unfortunately, I couldn’t taste the mozzarella cheese and the rice made the patty a little dry. The second option is vegan, with no cheese in the patty, and is entirely vegetable-based. It is moist, yet thinner, and more abundantly seasoned. I wasn’t so sure about this place after our first visit eating the vegetarian burger, however after our vegan burger, I’m positive we’ll return.

As Jessica mentioned, they offer the choice to put any burger, including the organic grass-fed beef patties, on lettuce instead of their roll. I highly recommend this, especially with the vegan burger, as the flavor was actually much better without a hunk of bread in the way. And just as Ms. Vannier said to us the first time we met her, it certainly leaves more room for the fries.

My suggestion to Elevation Burger? VEGAN CHEESE! I actually ordered a vegan burger with cheddar and felt like it was sacrilege

The french fries here are cooked in heart-healthy olive oil, which is certainly a step up from canola oil. The only problem is that they seem to be hit and miss. With the burning point of olive oil so low, it is really difficult to get a good crisp fry without it absorbing tons of oil. The first time we visited the fries were excellent, perfectly salted and crispy. This time they fell a little short, but they weren’t incredibly greasy, just somewhat limp. Hopefully this was just an off day for them.

The ordering process here is similar to many other fast-food restaurants, you choose the patty and basic sandwich that you want, add your own toppings, and then order fries and/or a drink. You pay and then a food runner will bring the tray to you when you’re ready. There is a drink fountain as well as milkshakes available. The milkshakes were good, but incredibly rich and only one size, something I wouldn’t be able to eat more than once every month or two. It would be great if they sold kid’s sizes for the option of indulging a little more often.

Overall, this place is a great step towards healthier, vegetarian and vegan cuisine in Miami Lakes. It is certainly wonderful to have options other than salads and Asian food. While they do have a few little kinks to work out, it is a great establishment and one that I will most certainly frequent. For being open only two weeks, they have much more time ahead of them to learn and grow.

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